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Chronic Stress

Chronic Stress - August 9 2010 Habit#3 Stretch for 5...

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August 9, 2010 Habit #3: Stretch for 5 consecutive minutes per day Topic: Chronic Stress o Health Effects o Breadth and Solutions Immune Function: After brief enhancement, cuts back, but why? o Greater energy demands o Increased risk of auto-immune disorders o Diary Study: Increased undesirable events 3-6 days prior to infection Related to decreased production of IgA (first line of defense against microorganisms) o Common Cold: Almost linear relationship between stress and illness o Vaccine: Increased response = healthy immune system Caregivers = sustained response Most results confounded with lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep) Ulcers: Can impair immune function Impair ability to repair tissues Small cuts heal better in summer and Alzheimer caregivers heal more slowly o Partially a result of repressed growth hormone Atherosclerosis: Kills more than all cancers combined Begins in adolescence 1 st symptom often heart attack Cardiovascular Function:
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